Toronto Signs Caldwell To New Deal

Toronto FC announced Tuesday that the club has signed Scottish international defender Steven Caldwell, following the expiration of his loan agreement.

“Steven has done a great job in anchoring our defense since arriving on loan, and he's been a terrific influence in the locker room,” said Toronto FC President and General Manager Kevin Payne. “We're very pleased that he'll be with us for this and the next two seasons.”

Caldwell, 32, has started in six matches for Toronto FC since joining on loan from Birmingham City F.C. on May 7. He spent the past two seasons with Birmingham City where he made 90 appearances and scored two goals in all competitions for the club.

“I’m excited to sign for a fantastic club,” said Toronto FC Defender Steven Caldwell. “I hope to help achieve the success that I believe is coming in the not too distant future.”

Caldwell began his professional career with Newcastle United F.C. and spent time on loan at Blackpool F.C., Bradford City A.F.C., and Leeds United A.F.C. during his time with the Magpies. Caldwell signed with Sunderland A.F.C. ahead of the 2004-05 season and remained with the club for just over two seasons. He signed with Burnley F.C. (Burnley) in January 2007. Caldwell captained Burnley to promotion into the English Premier League by winning the 2008-09 Football League Championship playoff trophy. After leaving Burnley, Caldwell spent one season at Wigan Athletic F.C. He later signed with Birmingham City in July 2011.

Caldwell has earned 12 caps for the Scottish National team to date. He made his debut on April 25, 2001 during a 1-1 draw away to Poland.

Steven Caldwell #13

Position: Defender

Height: 5’11

Weight:  158 lbs.

Birthdate: September 12, 1980

Birth Place: Stirling, Scotland

Hometown: Stirling, Scotland

Nationality: Scottish

Last Club: Birmingham City F.C.

How Acquired: Signed with Toronto FC on Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Pronunciation: “Cald-well”